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Southern Pacific SD24
This ones a little shaky, but EMD did demonstrate 3 lo-nose SD24's on the SP for about 4 weeks during September of 1960. They were painted red and gray with the red wings, but no other lettering or numbering. Any photo that shows numbers is a manipulated image. They may have been intended to occupy the 7200-7202 range but never did.
SP never went with the idea, and they were sold to UP to become their #445 to #447.
If you modeling era encompasses 1960, then these would make a quick and easy project, and something to confuse the 'experts' with, maybe...
Atlas and ConCor both have had the ex Roco built HO Scale SD24, ConCor still may, although it is far from a 'state of the art' molding today. It would require the addition of a lo-nose, perhaps cut the cab and nose from a lo-nose LifeLike GP18 or GP20. Photos show espee light packages both fore and aft. The body would best be set upon a LifeLike SD7 chassis, if you can get just the body shells. A quick coat of red and gray, decal the red wings on the short hood, fit the couplers and your away.
Atlas has announced a new SD24 both in N and HO Scale.
I shouldn't think there have been any SP articles, so I'll list other lo-nose kitbashes.
Additional info this page from Rob Sarberenyi and the Espee List.
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